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    Poor old "scooter"



    Hopefully the rest of them will find justice catching up with them. I'm sure Dick is disappointed as it's one step closer to that waster.


    Former Cheney aide convicted for 'Plamegate'


    Tuesday, 6 March 2007 22:18
    Former White House aide Lewis 'Scooter' Libby has been found guilty of perjury and obstruction of justice in connection with the US scandal known as 'Plamegate'.


    During the run-up to the Iraq war, a handful of reporters were fed the name of covert CIA agent Valerie Plame by senior members of the Bush administration.


    While Mr Libby was not accused of leaking her name, he was convicted for impeding the work of the special prosecutor assigned to the case.


    It is believed that Valerie Plame became a target because of her husband, ex-diplomat Joseph Wilson. He became a sharp critic of the way in which President George W Bush and his officials manipulated intelligence while arguing for the Iraq war.


    Plamegate shares a number of similarities to Watergate, but the end results are very different. Whereas President Richard Nixon had to ultimately resign, President Bush and Libby's boss Vice President Dick Cheney are still in power and US troops are still fighting in Iraq.


    Libby faces 30 years in prison including 10 years on the obstruction of justice count and fines of up to $1.2 million.


    US Vice President Dick Cheney has expressed deep disappointment over the conviction.


    In a statement the Mr Cheney said Mr Libby had served the nation tirelessly and with great distinction through many years of public service.


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    Scooter must of being reading the proceeding of some of the tribunals going on in Dublin[img]smileys/lol.gif[/img]


    White House liar faces jail term


    The man who was once US vice president Dick Cheney’s closest adviser is facing up to 25 years behind bars after being convicted of lying and obstructing a media leak investigation that shook the top levels of the Bush administration.


    Lewis “Scooter” Libby is the highest-ranking White House official convicted in a government scandal since the national security adviser John Poindexter, in the Iran-Contra affair two decades ago.


    In the end, jurors said they did not believe Libby’s main defence: that he had not lied but merely had a bad memory.[img]smileys/lol.gif[/img]


    The CIA leak case focused new attention on the Bush administration’s much-criticised handling of intelligence reports about weapons of mass destruction in the run-up to the Iraq war.


    The case cost Cheney his most trusted adviser and the trial revealed Cheney’s personal obsession with criticism of the war’s legitimacy.


    Trial testimony made clear that president George Bush secretly declassified a portion of the pre-war intelligence estimate that Cheney quietly sent Libby to leak to Judith Miller of The New York Times in 2003 to rebut criticism by ex-ambassador Joseph Wilson. Bush, Cheney and Libby were the only three people in government aware of the effort.


    More top reporters were ordered into court – including Miller after 85 days of resistance in jail – to testify about their confidential sources among the nation’s highest-ranking officials than in any other trial in recent memory.


    Special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald said the verdict closed the nearly four-year investigation into how the name of Wilson’s wife, Valerie Plame, and her classified job at the CIA were leaked to reporters in 2003, just days after Wilson publicly accused the administration of doctoring pre-war intelligence.


    No one will be charged with the leak itself, which the trial confirmed came first from then-deputy secretary of state Richard Armitage.


    Libby, not only Cheney’s chief of staff but also an assistant to Bush, was expressionless as the verdict was announced yesterday, on the 10th day of jury deliberations. In the front row, his wife, Harriet Grant, choked out a sob and her head sank.


    Libby could face up to 25 years in prison when sentenced on June 5, but government sentencing guidelines will probably prescribe far less, perhaps one to three years.


    Defence lawyers said they would ask for a retrial and if that should fail, would appeal against the conviction.


    “We have every confidence Mr Libby ultimately will be vindicated,” lawyer Theodore Wells said. He said Libby was “totally innocent and that he did not do anything wrong”.


    Libby did not speak to reporters.


    President Bush watched news of the verdict on television at the White House. Deputy press secretary Dana Perino said Bush respected the jury’s verdict but “was saddened for Scooter Libby and his family”.


    In a written statement, Cheney called the verdict disappointing. “As I have said before, Scooter has served our nation tirelessly and with great distinction through many years of public service,” he said.


    Wilson, whose wife left the CIA after she was exposed, said, “Convicting him of perjury was like convicting Al Capone of tax evasion or Alger Hiss of perjury. It doesn’t mean they were not guilty of other crimes.”


    Libby was convicted of one count of obstruction of justice, two counts of perjury to the grand jury and one count of lying to the FBI about how he learned Plame’s identity and whom he told. He was acquitted of another lying count.


    Libby learned about Plame from Cheney in June 2003 about a month after Wilson’s allegations were first published, without his name,
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      #3
      Doesn't matter at all, Libby will have to serve a little while in a minimum security facility. Then be pardoned by the outgoing Prez.Bush when his term ends in January 2009.
      Cue; book deal, movie of the week, press tour, speaking engagements et.al.


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        #4
        Breaking news; Scooter has had his sentence commuted by Shrub.
        The Beatings Will Continue Until Morale Improves

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          #5


          Excellent news.


          Here's the great Thomas Sowell's take on the whole deal.


          http://article.nationalreview.com/?q...2ZlN2Q4ZTY5ZWQ 4ODQyYWU3ZDMxNDI5OWU=
          \"This year is different because this year they won\'t beat snow off a rope. They\'ll revert back to type and get 6 shades of s**t bate out of them in the group stages of the HEC ...\" Tobyglen 21 Sept 2010

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            #6


            One law for the plebs and one law for Bush mates. So Combatlogo you have no respect for the opinion of the jury who found scooter had a case to answer?


            Hopefully at the next execution in the USA you will be outside protesting against the jury's opinion.
            Excellence is hard to keep quite - Sherrie Coale

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              #7


              Originally posted by The Word Is Born
              Breaking news; Scooter has had his sentence commuted by Shrub.

              Quite right too - if Bertie can forgive Bev, Shrub had no alternative but to ape the greatest leader in the Free World.
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                #8
                Link

                @@@@SPAN ="news_story_title">Bush Commutes Libby's Prison Term in CIA Leak Case (Update2) @@@@/SPAN>




                By Edwin Chen

                <!- WARNING: #foreach: $wnstory.ATTS: null at /bb//web/templates/webmacro_en/20601087.wm:257.19 ->


                July 2 (Bloomberg) - President George W. Bush commuted
                Lewis ``Scooter'' Libby's 2 1/2-year prison sentence in the CIA
                leak case, sparing him from punishment the president called
                ``excessive.''


                Bush acted after a U.S. appellate court today refused to let
                Libby, 56, stay out of prison during his appeal. Libby, former
                chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, was convicted of
                lying to investigators probing the 2003 leak of CIA official
                Valerie Plame's identity. Libby's backers had argued for a
                pardon.


                ``My decision to commute his prison sentence leaves in place
                a harsh punishment for Mr. Libby,'' Bush said in a statement.
                ``The consequences of his felony conviction on his former life as
                a lawyer, public servant and private citizen will be long-
                lasting.''


                The president's action means that even though Libby avoids
                prison, his conviction stands and he is still required to pay the
                $250,000 fine ordered by a federal judge. He can continue to
                appeal his conviction and fine.


                The question of whether to intervene in Libby's case had
                been termed a ``no-win situation'' for the president by David
                Gergen, who advised Presidents Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan and
                Bill Clinton.


                With Bush already suffering poor approval ratings, a Cable
                News Network/Opinion Research survey conducted after Libby's
                March 6 conviction found that 69 percent of respondents opposed a
                pardon while 18 percent favored it. Congressional Democrats,
                including Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid, demanded that Bush
                promise not to pardon Libby.


                `Important to React'


                Bush's statement said that, with ``incarceration imminent, I
                believe it is now important to react'' to the appeals court's
                refusal to let Libby remain free.


                At the same time, a pro-Libby firestorm was being fanned by
                self-described conservative bloggers and talk-radio hosts, and
                many conservative leaders asked the president to step in.


                Until now Bush had stayed out of the case, with his aides
                saying he would let the appeal go forward.


                Libby's supporters argued that special prosecutor Patrick
                Fitzgerald was over-zealous in prosecuting Libby for lying to
                investigators when no one was charged over the actual leak of
                Plame's status as a Central Intelligence Agency official.


                Libby was convicted of obstructing justice, perjury and
                making false statements. He resigned as Cheney's chief of staff
                upon being indicted in 2005.


                Wilson Column


                Libby was found guilty of lying to Federal Bureau of
                Investigation agents and a grand jury probing whether the Bush
                administration deliberately leaked Plame's identity to retaliate
                against her husband, Joseph Wilson. In a New York Times column on
                July 6, 2003, Wilson accused the government of twisting
                intelligence to justify the invasion of Iraq earlier that year.


                Plame's status as a CIA official was disclosed eight days
                later in an article by syndicated columnist Robert Novak. Novak
                testified during the trial that Plame's identity was provided to
                him by then-Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage and
                confirmed by White House political adviser Karl Rove.


                Fitzgerald argued that Libby lied about his knowledge of the
                leak to protect his job. It's a federal crime to knowingly re
                The Beatings Will Continue Until Morale Improves

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                  #9


                  Where was the liberal outrage when Clinton perjured himself McCloud?


                  What did you think of the Sowell article BTW?
                  \"This year is different because this year they won\'t beat snow off a rope. They\'ll revert back to type and get 6 shades of s**t bate out of them in the group stages of the HEC ...\" Tobyglen 21 Sept 2010

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                    #10
                    Tell that to the people locked up for 6 plus years in the bay[img]smileys/c&#111;nfused.gif[/img]
                    Excellence is hard to keep quite - Sherrie Coale

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by Combatlogo


                      Where was the liberal outrage when Clinton perjured himself McCloud?


                      Well, I was outraged, for one. Not half as annoyed as I was when he pardoned a bunch of scumbags at the end of his presidency.
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                        #12
                        Originally posted by Old Dog
                        Originally posted by Combatlogo


                        Where was the liberal outrage when Clinton perjured himself McCloud?


                        Well, I was outraged, for one. Not half as annoyed as I was when he pardoned a bunch of scumbags at the end of his presidency.


                        "Scumbags"???They were relatives and friends, OD![img]smileys/lol.gif[/img]
                        \"This year is different because this year they won\'t beat snow off a rope. They\'ll revert back to type and get 6 shades of s**t bate out of them in the group stages of the HEC ...\" Tobyglen 21 Sept 2010

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by Old Dog
                          Originally posted by Combatlogo


                          Where was the liberal outrage when Clinton perjured himself McCloud?


                          Well, I was outraged, for one. Not half as annoyed as I was when he pardoned a bunch of scumbags at the end of his presidency.


                          I was outraged as well. BTW not a liberal but I can see right from wrong.
                          Excellence is hard to keep quite - Sherrie Coale

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by Combatlogo


                            Where was the liberal outrage when Clinton perjured himself McCloud?


                            What did you think of the Sowell article BTW?


                            Not a lot because he did not address this.


                            "Libby was convicted of one count of obstruction of justice, two counts of perjury to the grand jury and one count of lying to the FBI about how he learned Plame’s identity and whom he told. He was acquitted of another lying count."


                            Excellence is hard to keep quite - Sherrie Coale

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                              #15
                              Whatever happened to the separation of powers?
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